Ascend Table Mountain via Kasteelpoort

Kasteelspoort if translated into English means Castle Gateway. Our tour route starts at Theresa Drive in Camps Bay, where we start off on a cement path with a beautiful view of the Twelve Apostles ahead. We cross the Pipe Track which then meets the Kasteelspoort route (309m/1013ft). The path climbs steadily upwards and is not very strenuous. There are some easy ledges to navigate along the way.

As you ascend you see breath-taking views of Camps Bay below. Half way up at Breakfast rock (517m/1696ft) we take a snack break and enjoy the view over Camps Bay, the Atlantic Ocean and Lion’s Head. From here it is 30 min via the actual “poort” to the top at (742m/2434ft). We visit the old cable station site (1893).

From here we walk along the old railway ballast track towards Woodhead dam. We then traverse via St Michael Peak (900m/2953ft) which has beautiful views over the ‘Back Table’ and the two drinking-water dams. We descend into Echo Valley (897m/2943ft) and then uphill to the Upper Cable Station.

This last stretch to the cable station has rewarding views over False Bay, Hout Bay and more, depending on the weather. After we have explored the Western Table to the Upper Cable Station, we take the cable car down. If the cable car is not in operation due to strong wind or poor weather we walk down Platteklip Gorge (1.5 - 2 hours)

Start at 182m (597ft). - Highest point reached: 1067m (3500ft) above sea level = total 885 m (2903ft) rise in altitude
Start to finish 5 – 6 hours to the upper cable station should the cable car not operate due to high winds add 2 hours to walk down.
This one of the oldest routes up Table Mountain and a very popular route that forms part of the 12 Apostles chain. It is situated on the Atlantic seaboard of Table Mountain, offering astounding views of Lions Head, Camps Bay and Robben Island. In the heat of summer the route has early morning shade to the top of the mountain.
Single Person R1300, two or more people R900pp
Including Maclears Beacon: Add R300
Price Valid until December 2021
Pick up and drop at hotel if you are in the Cape Town CBD and water for the hike.
Not included: 
Cableway fee: click here ( to purchase and download your tickets online and skip the queues!
Fee will vary according to times and season. Please purchase your tickets in accordance to the agreed hiking times.
If Cable Way is not operating: R200pp for guided walk down the mountain